A life in sound and vision: farewell to David Bowie

by Truman Ross, Features

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Last week, the world lost one of the most inspirational musicians to ever walk the planet. David Bowie, born in London on January 8, 1947, died on January 10. He changed music in not only the way it sounded but the way it looked. He was not afraid of what people thought of him while he was on stage, because while he was onstage, he was himself. This is a trait that Bowie carried with him off the stage as well, and what made him such an influential and inspirational performer.

Bowie emerged at a somewhat somber time in music. Rock and folk were the norm, so when Bowie released his album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust” in 1972, which featured him dressed as an alien from Mars with orange hair, adorned with a vibrant jumpsuit, the world was shocked. Bowie blurred the lines between genders and sexuality, and did not care what this did to his persona.

The news of Bowie’s death came as a shock to the world, for he had kept his 18 month battle with cancer a secret. Since a rumored heart attack in 2001, Bowie had stayed in the shadows from the media, and he released his final album, “Black Star” on January 8, 2016, just two days before his demise.

There is a song on the album called Lazarus, where the music video features a sickly looking Bowie, laying in a hospital bed with rags over his eyes. The song showed how he wasn’t afraid of death, probably because he wasn’t afraid of life.

Without David Bowie, the world of music would be boring and gray. There is not an artist out there today who could say they were not inspired by him. He is a physical example of how music brings the world together and how it is a beautiful way to express yourself. He will be remembered for as long as music will be around.

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